The tension between pro-democracy Hong Kong supporters and pro-China supporters has been blowing up online in recent weeks. Now, the tension has come offline and onto the streets of Metro Vancouver. According to a Reddit post, a garage door in Coquitlam was defaced with anti-Hong Kong democracy graffiti. Police are now investigating.
The act of vandalism involved a garage door being spray-painted with the words “HK is part of China” in red spray paint. The vandalism is large and takes up the entirety of the garage. An image of the defacement was posted to Reddit.
According to Cpl. Michael McLaughlin with the Coquitlam RCMP, an act of vandalism took place on Aug. 27, at around 9:30 a.m. Coquitlam RCMP have since launched an investigation. According to McLaughlin, a person of interest has been identified, however, no arrests have been made.
McLaughlin has stated that the identity of the person has not been confirmed. He has stated to Narcity that it is an Asian man in his late 20’s. He has a stocky build and was driving a blue car in the area.
The motive at this time is unknown and will not be determined until a suspect is properly identified. McLaughlin stated to Narcity that they could “not draw conclusions.”
McLaughlin also stated that the person responsible could be charged mischief and this is not an indictable or hybrid offence. The maximum fine is $2,000 with a maximum prison sentence of six months, however, maximum penalties are rarely used.